Friday, November 8, 2013

The Nature of Love

It is not enough to stress that love is a value-response and thus is essentially different from all responses motivated by the merely subjectively satisfying. It has also to be stressed that love is grounded in a value so closely united with the person as such, that is, this individual and unique person taken as subject, stands before me as valuable, precious, lovable, and is full thematic for me. The value basis of love is such that it elevates and ennobles the person as person and completely excludes any possibility of looking upon the beloved person as a means for my happiness and delight.

-Dietrich von Hildebrand, The Nature of Love


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